do drugstore brand skincare products work just as well as name brand products?
i want to treat my skin well but i dont want to spend money that i dont have to. so do drugstore brand skindcare products work just as well as name brand products?
It really depends on the individual and the specific issues they wish to deal with. In general, I'd say that if you have normal skin and aren't battling wrinkles or acne, many drugstore products should work just fine. But when it comes to treating special concerns, many higher end products tend to do a better job. I have oily-sensitive skin in the summer that breaks out like mad and nothing from drugstores have worked. But I found better results with Aveda and Boscia, which are much more expensive than Cetaphil or Aveeno, but they're also not crazy expensive like La Mer or SK-II. In the winter, my skin turns to normal/combination and actually does better with cheaper drugstore products. I get away with using Garnier and Cetaphil while Ole Henriksen breaks me out.
So, it really depends on specific concerns, specific products (not brand but each individual product), your skin and genes and how they all come together. Like most things in life, paying more doesn't always mean you're necessarily getting a better deal.
I agree with prettyinpa -- sometimes a drugstore product can work just as well (I use a lot of Neutrogena's line), and sometimes they cannot work as well as a higher-end product. I think it's really a case by case basis; it would not be accurate to say, generally speaking, that all drugstore products work just as well as higher end products -- just as it would not be correct to say that all high end products are better than drugstore varieties. I think it truly depends on what the product is. For instance, in terms of acne spot treatments, nothing worked on my skin -- nothing! Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, etc. However, Kate Somerville's EradiKate (whihc contains 10% sulfur) did. On the other hand, in terms of cleansers, despite my efforts to prove otherwise, my skin actually prefers my $7.99 Neutrogena Visibly Even Foaming Face Wash to any and all other cleansers I have used, some of which have cost five times that amount (aside from the Clarisonic, that is -- when I'm not using that, I use Neutrogena Visibly Even). It's best to check out ingredient lists and to do your research!
Some do and some don't. In general, you get what you pay for. The high end companies spend really large amounts of research money and put in expensive ingredients in their product. In the case of foundation and powders, they extra-fine mill the components so they go on smoother and are less likely to cake on your face. Or in the case of eyeshadows, the high end brands use more pigments, so you get a more intense shadow and you don't have to use as much to get a rich color.
Though there are some products made by some high end companies that just don't work very well. Read the reviews posted on Sephora or ask questions here about a specific product for further information.
Whether a product can be found at a drug store or a high end store does not indicate it's effectiveness necessarily. Especially in today's world. More and more drug stores are carrying a lot of lines that were previously only available in department store cosmetic counters. Price is not always a good measure either.
My suggestion is to invest in a visit to a dermatologist. Most adults should go to the dermatologist at least once a year for a top to toe skin check to look for cancerous and precancerous legions on the skin. Most insurance companies will cover this visit as preventative care. Make a list of concerns to talk to the doctor. Include things like acne, wrinkles, scars, moles, varicose veins, hair loss, etc. Ask for a recommendation of a daily skin care regimen to handle your skin type and any concerns you have. Also ask for specific targeted treatments. Explain to them your budget constraints as well as what your willing to put into a daily routine. A good doctor can provide you with recommendations that fit into your budget and ability to follow the regimen. Be sure to ask what is reasonable to expect for results. For example a laser may take care of scarring in a few treatments, but will cost several thousands of dollars. A skin lightening cream may take a year, but will cost you a few hundred dollars over the year. The end result may be the same - but the time and cost is drastically different.
The other bonus with seeing a doctor is that depending on the issue -they may be able to prescribe treatments that are covered by insurance. For example acne, moles, varicose veins and even hair loss in some cases will be covered by insurance. (You won't get insurance to cover wrinkles though. )
The best advice to get the results you want....don't guess -get an expert to tell you the best products for your skin type. Then the next thing you need to do is stick with the routine long enough to allow it to work. Many skin care treatments take months and months to see results. Your skin turns around only so fast - so it takes time to notice a difference in texture etc.
I think a better question would be, "what drug store brands do you prefer?" Because I think everyone goes to the drug store for certain brands here and there.
Personally, I am a starving student and don't have money to spend. Almost everything I buy is from Walmart and if I get a gift card at Sephora only then I go there.
I think drug store means affordable and I know personally a lot of people who think that if they spend a lot of money on it, the item is better. I even know of some individuals who won't spend at a drug store because they think it makes them seem cheap. *eye roll* My personal take is, if you find something you like, stick to it. I feel bitter buying expensive make up but if it lasts a while and gets the job done than I would rather buy one expensive piece, than 3-4 that are are not as good.
I however will never buy makeup from a jewelry store like Claire's. It seems too always be very cheap but it scratches my eyelids lol
most definitely, some higher end products you are just paying for the name brand and the packaging. A lot of them are gimmicky and dermatologists don't recommend you use them on your face anyway. There are good and bad products in every price point. First sucker product is, toner. I can't stand when I hear people saying your pores open and close and this and that, that's ridiculous. your pores don't open and close because they aren't muscle. You need muscles to move things. You can do without toner and life will go on. Anti wrinkle creams with open jar lids are a joke because when you open it all the ingredients oxidize from the air and do pretty much nothing. There's no reason to pay 40 dollars for a face wash, pretty ridiculous, unless you can't find something cheaper. They just brainwash consumers into thinking expensive products ork better, when those companies own a lot of the lower end ones, like lancome owns loreal etc. So it's all the same pretty much with the exception of organic skincare I don't mind dishing out the extra money, but for other things, chemicals is chemicals.
Neutrogena is a good brand of skincare. Burt's bees. there are others too.
I agree with the others who said that it really depends on the specific product. Neutrogena is a very good brand and has a good line of skincare products. When choosing skincare products you need to read labels carefully and make sure that you are getting a product with good ingredients.
Makeup falls into a different category than skincare products when choosing between drugstore brands and more expensive brands. The following are some general differences between expensive and inexpensive makeup brands that account for the price differences:
There is a difference in the quality of ingredients. Not so much in the type of ingredients. For example, several lines may use roses in their products but one line may get their pick of the crop, while another might get what's on the bottom of the barrel and dilute that even further.
Pigment and Fillers:
Powdered products like blush and eye shadows contain pigment (color) and fillers (like talc). The more expensive brands often have more pigment (which give great color payoff) while the cheaper brands typically have more filler. Cheaper products may use cheaper fillers as well.
Better quality products will be milled more times—ground into a finer powder—than others. Some products may be double-milled, others triple-milled.
Beauty experts debate which plant extracts or oils are actually good for your skin, but all agree that SPF is a must. If your moisturizer doesn't have any, your foundation should. Dermatologists recommend you use a product that clearly states it is SPF 15 or higher.
Full Service vs. Self Service:
Sephora and other high-end department store counters have trained makeup artists to help you pick out cosmetics and learn how to use them. They also offer private makeovers. Online, you can email your questions to Sephora artists and receive personal responses.
Testers and Demos:
You can sample every product Sephora carries or high-end department stores carry. The products all stand out and open and customers are free to try on or look at all of them. Staff can give you samples to try at home. Drugstore brands don’t offer demos.
Higher priced brand in general are known for spending money to develop new products and collections. They offer a wide selection of products, finishes, formulas and colors. Drugstore brands usually don’t offer as wide a color selection.
Higher priced makeup packaging is a little more unconventional than the clear plastic tubes that drugstore brands usually come in. For instance the higher-priced bullet-shaped lipsticks or metal paint tubes likely cost a bit more. The way a product is packaged also matters. If a product isn't refined and milled properly and is then pressed too tightly into a package—it can be harder to use. You may also get wastage—meaning, you can't get the amount of makeup you want on your brush, or you may brush off a lot of excess while trying to get color on your brush. When dropped, products that are packed too tightly crack easily, meaning you may not be able to get the color to apply in an even, creamy manner. Most higher-priced makeup’s packaging is sturdier.
I hope this helps you.
drugstore brands are definitely getting better and are giving the mid-high end brands a run for their money BUT I think that the psychology of the consumer (myself included) is such that if something is more affordable they;ll be less stingy using it and more likely to use it regularly because it doesn't break the bank.
I think you should increase the amount of money you spend on make-up according to your age, habits and skin concerns.
Also, don't get caught up in the hype, if you look at the ingredients list of high-end products you maybe surprised at what the main ingredients are (vitamin E, hylauronic acid etc. which you can get from drugstore brands).
AND sometimes high-end brands will create hype around a "new, secret ingredient" that is exclusive to them BUT there is no peer-reviewed research to suggest that the said ingredient does anything that magnificent.
Some drugstore brands that are good buys:
Olay regenerist line
Some high-end brands I think are consistent:
The overnight serums from Estee Lauder
Peter Thomas Roth
I've heard great things about SK-II but I don't have that kind of money yet. But hey, Cate Blanchett looks great!
I must say though that the Absolute best thing you can do for your skin is to Protect it from the SUN!!! Everyday.
next are vitamins, cod liver oil capsules, Vitamin E capsules and plenty of water.
Hope that helps!